Teens & Marijuana Abuse

Why should parents of teenagers be concerned about the legalization of marijuana around the country?

  1. This gives a mixed message to our teenagers. With the legalization of marijuana, teens may get the impression that it is a safe drug. When that happens, teens start using more of it.
  2. Teenagers’ brains are still developing and they continue to develop until they are 22-23 years old. There are over 400 chemicals in marijuana which have an effect on this brain development.
  3. Marijuana is a gateway drug and can potentially lead to further drug use later on.

Download our “Teens & Weed” brochure: a guide for parents to talk with their teenager about marijuana

Research shows that marijuana use can lead to addiction. Each year, more kids enter treatment with a primary diagnosis of marijuana dependence than for all other illicit drugs combined. (SOURCE: National Institute on Drug Abuse)

For more information, read our article, “Legalization of marijuana puts parents of teens on notice.